The year that was in sport

December 28, 2017

The Benalla Saints, along with three other sides in the region, are putting together a women's footy side.

Benalla's Zak Best, 15, has his eyes set on the upcoming Australian Formula 4 Championship at Sandown Raceway.


January 4: Benalla’s former champion cyclist Baden Cooke, who once received funding from the Benalla young Sportsperson’s Trust, became one of its patrons.

January 11: Caleb Noble took out this year’s Benalla 2017 Triathlon among a field that included many local competitors.

January 18: Benalla Bushrangers sides were back in action during the weekend following the break over Christmas.

January 25: Great Britain’s Russell Cheetham holds the World Gliding Championships trophy aloft, as Germany’s Michael Sommer is awarded second, while bronze went to Great Britain’s Andrew Davis.


February 1: The streets of Benalla will be lit up when Chris Froome and other high-profile cyclists come to Benalla for the highly-anticipated Jayco Herald Sun Tour on Saturday.

February 8: Team Sky’s Chris Froome leads the way at the start of stage three in the Jayco Herald Sun Tour on Saturday.

February 15: Building on the energy and enthusiasm created by the start of the AFLW, the Benalla Saints Football Club now has a women’s footy side.

February 22: The Diggers have dug themselves deep into a hole in their match against Greta. Jarrod Morham lost his middle pole during the capitulation.


March 1: Benalla Bowls Club’s Matt Robertson has made an immediate impact in the Ovens and Murray weekend pennant with his new side.

March 8: The Benalla All Blacks got used to handling a football again on the weekend during the team’s first pre-season hit out against Katunga.

March 15: Fifteen year-old Zak Best knows his way around the race track, smashing records at more than 200km/h — but he is too young to legally drive on the road.

March 22: Benalla Bushrangers veteran Trevor Saker has been keeping big news quiet for two weeks now — he has been called up to the Australian Over 60s cricket squad to tour England in July.

March 29: Wade King was one of five Benalla Bushrangers to pick up an award at the WDCA senior presentation last week.

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